Crunch time for Diski stars

Ar­rows, Sun­downs and Polok­wane City are each on the brink of glory in the Mul­ti­Choice Diski Chal­lenge

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWAGAE dmoth­owa­gae@city­

Will it be Pre­to­ria, Dur­ban or Polok­wane? Th­ese are the po­ten­tial des­ti­na­tions for the Mul­ti­Choice Diski Chal­lenge (MDC) ti­tle when the se­cond sea­son of the re­serve league kicks off in Pimville, Soweto, on Satur­day.

The top three sides – lead­ers Golden Ar­rows, Mamelodi Sun­downs (se­cond) and Polok­wane City (third) – all have an equal chance at be­ing crowned the new­est MDC cham­pi­ons at the Nike Foot­ball Cen­tre.

Be­fore last week­end’s fix­tures, Sun­downs looked set to claim the hon­ours, but their de­feat to Free State Stars let Ar­rows and City into the con­test. Stars can still de­cide the ti­tle. The Free Staters face Ar­rows, who need an all-out vic­tory to seal it, while Sun­downs meet Plat­inum Stars. City will meet Mar­itzburg United.

In case you are won­der­ing about where the Soweto gi­ants are in the race, Kaizer Chiefs and Or­lando Pi­rates are well off the pace – just like the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria.

But at least the ju­nior Amakhosi show­cased a star in the mak­ing in striker Em­manuel Let­lotlo, who could be next in line to make his way into the se­nior team af­ter Pule Ek­stein ( see box).

The 19-year-old is the Chiefs MDC team’s top scorer with seven goals.

Chiefs are sixth on the log while Pi­rates are third from bot­tom.

The two played to a goal­less draw in the derby last week­end.

The once-mighty Univer­sity of Pre­to­ria are placed 13th, a poor stand­ing that mir­rors their se­nior team, who are se­cond from bot­tom on the Absa Premier­ship ta­ble.

The MDC is the Premier Soc­cer League’s re­serve stream aimed at fast­track­ing the Premier­ship club’s Un­der-23 play­ers into their se­nior teams.

MDC teams are al­lowed to field up to three play­ers over the age of 23 in their start­ing line-ups, but the rest must be un­der 23.

The MDC cham­pi­ons will win a trip to the Nether­lands.

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